Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Do You Want To Buy a Zoo?

Franklin Zoo For Sale

Part of the beautiful Franklin countryside, minutes from the southern motorway and a very easy commute from Auckland and the international Airport, this is a rare opportunity to develop a successful animal facility. The location allows access to passing tourists and visitors from all over New Zealand.

In the past the Zoo has been home to many species of animals: elephant, zebra, emu, deer, llama, primates, birds, lions, bobcats, serval cat, reptiles, native birds, wallaby, deer who have been cared for by qualified staff, vets and many volunteers. The sanctuary has been vital for animals that required special housing and/or needs when there was nowhere else for them to go.

This facility was open 7 days a week and was well used by visitors, schools and community groups, providing park like surroundings with many picnic and play areas for families. It has also been used as a venue for weddings, engagements, tourists, Christmas and company parties.

Plans are available for the proposed food preparation and cafe areas which would have allowed the zoo to offer exceptional facilities for day visitors and to further expand the catering abilities to offer a very unique venue for social and corporate functions.

The zoo has nurtured a wonderful relationship with the local community, being well supported by volunteers and local businesses. The education facility has been used by a wide array of establishments.

The new owners can restock and develop a unique tourist attraction or a private zoo. Advice will be available to interested parties on the strict requirements needed to operate this facility. Membership of the Zoological & Aquarium Association (ZAA) of Australasia could lead to working with other zoos with a view to repopulating the facility.

All enclosures have MPI approved visitor safety barriers.

Buildings, Enclosures, Facilities:

Land Area - approximately 3.55 Hectares

Large Parking area - plus street parking. 4 separate access gates to facility from Ridge Road.

Dwelling - Brick Built 1970's with 5 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, separate toilet, 1 Living Room, large conservatory, kitchen, dining area, laundry.

Large barn/shed - 16.68m x 20.3m with toilet, laundry and kitchen facilities, power points all round, indoor and outdoor flood lighting.

Education Centre and reception - includes area for merchandising, fridges, freezers, aquariums/display tanks and public seating with outdoor picnic area and gardens and seating for large school groups.

2x Sheds used for dry storage, tractors, machinery, wood etc
Chicken and duck coop with large outdoor fully enclosed wire meshed free range area.

Large composting areas, offal pit etc

Elephant/rhino/giraffe house - 13mW x 20mL x 6m stud H. 7x Roller doors, heating, water supply, protected contact facility, 3x gates giving access to full electrically wired outdoor habitat with heaters & indoor & outdoor flood lighting. Includes an outdoor and an indoor training wall for medical exams and foot treatments.

Multi-purpose enclosures x2 - includes shelter sheds, previously used for wallaby and Brolga crane.

Toilet Block One male/Two ladies plus one more toilet accessible at other end of zoo

Utility Block (4 sheds conjoined) includes Tool shed, Bore and Pump room, Recycling & storage room, Power tool/mower shed.
Indoor swimming pool (not functioning, possible future otter pond or aquarium display area) next to the enclosure for otter
Feed preparation room with sink and water supply, cool room, power points for freezers, fridges etc

Quarantine Shed: includes insect breeding room, vet room, mouse breeding room, storage, large isolation holding area with large cage. Full concrete floor with drainage. Indoor quarantine area plus access to outdoor isolation area.

Otter Enclosure includes 2 ponds and visitor viewing area
Primate Enclosures x7 - all with power for heated dens
Aviaries x12 - some also suitable for turtles or other small animals
Lion/Tiger Habitat & Den - Open high fenced paddock with den shelter, including 2 extra lock away enclosures both with dens and access to outdoor paddock.

Bobcat enclosure - with 2 dens

Ungulate paddocks x6 - Fully fenced areas

Viewing Areas - this overlooks the Elephant, lion, and bobcat habitats

Extensive Picnic Areas, including picnic tables and chairs
Pond, Walk ways, Gardens, Mature Trees

All animal enclosures have MPI approved visitor safety barriers
If the new owners wish to continue to operate as an animal facility, they will need to provide their own expertise, animals and apply for MPI licensing approval.

Information will be available and supplied on the running of the Zoo and wild life sanctuary if required.

We invite you to come and view this unique property it is seriously for sale and will be sold.

Opportunities of this kind are rare.

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